The Supreme court has made it clear that no registration and sale of the BS—IV vehicles is permitted.
The court had on March 27 said it was permitting sale of 10 percent of unsold BS-IV vehicles to make up for six days lost due to the lockdown which was imposed on March 25.
When the matter was taken up yesterday through video conferencing, the bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and S. Abdul Nazeer noted that even after lifting of the lockdown on 03.05.2020, when the sales have taken place and as per March 27 order, no registration could have been made without informing the Court as to how many vehicles have been sold throughout India. The bench said:
It appears that the order is being misused for the reasons best known to the respondents and they have not filed affidavit in compliance of the order passed by this Court. The registration of the vehicles which were to be sold out of 10% cannot be made without the permission of this Court and without giving particulars as ordered by this Court in the aforesaid order. Engine and Chassis numbers were also required to be furnished and the date of sale. There is clear cut violation of at least the second part of the order passed by this Court.
The court added that it would be further injurious and further burden on human health to be caused by pollution from BSIV vehicles when BSVI vehicles are supposed to be produced by the manufactures well in advance, considering the deadline of 31.03.2020.
The Court then directed the ASG to collect the details from all the RTOs throughout India and furnish information that how many vehicles of BSIV category are sold and registered after lifting of the lockdown.
The case is now posted on 19th June 2020.
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